Clinical social work

Social workers often focus on successful outcomes. But has this emphasis diminished the role of process in social work practice? Can we resist the urge to "fix" and instead "sit with"? more


Your professors said you would be working at three levels of social work - micro, mezzo, and macro. But your job seems to be all micro. Are you doing something wrong? more


As social workers, we value honesty in our communications with clients. For some interventions, however, deception or lack of full disclosure is vital to effectiveness. more

Ethics 3 Comments

It is an ethical imperative to view clinical practice within the macro context as we strive to become life-long advocates and effective practitioners. more

Practice 2 Comments

In the film Phantom Thread, the symbolism of hidden messages mirrors social workers' professional challenges. more

Reviews & Commentary 1 Comments

Therapy is tough work. It is for courageous and brave people who are willing to make that special step into the unknown - to make a commitment to reveal their most intimate experiences and feelings and to partner and collaborate with a therapist. more

Social Work Month Project 2018

Social work is a single profession with a distinct set of values, ethical principles, and standards. How do these apply differently for clinical and nonclinical social workers? more


Danna Bodenheimer has some thoughts for social workers for New Year 2018. These are not exactly resolutions - more a sharing of myths that she refuses to continue to subscribe to, some goals, and a mantra. Happy New Year! more

Real World Clinical 20 Comments

Introducing On Clinical Social Work: Meditations and Truths From the Field, a new book by Dr. Danna Bodenheimer. This beautiful, full-color volume is Bodenheimer's "love letter" to clinical social work and clinical social workers. more

Social Work Books 2 Comments

When we provide individuals with the space to think, to broaden their emotional literacy, to feel what feels un-feelable, we send change agents out into the world. Dr. Danna Bodenheimer signs off with her final weekly blog post. more

Real World Clinical 4 Comments

It is essential to remind ourselves and our clients that we are not working to eliminate painful affect states. We are working to find the tools to survive the inevitability of these states. more

Real World Clinical

In past two years, I have developed a new way of working with clients who suffer from burnout. It is a short-term, highly focused interactive process based on the development of what can best be described as a trusted “emotional sense of direction. more


I met the therapist of my life in 1995. I was a sophomore in college. The vernacular around having a love of our life is well established. But we don’t talk as much about the therapist of our life. more

Real World Clinical

Asking questions that shift, deepen, & create openings is a task that requires premeditation & savvy. Thinking carefully and feeling our way into the simple efficacy of the intervention of inquiry & curiosity is clinical social work at its best. more

Real World Clinical 3 Comments

While I certainly have no affection for wasps, I am so grateful for the one that stung me. It made me realize how deadened I can be in treatment. It made me realize just how easy it is for me to stay silent, even in the face of panic and pain. more

Real World Clinical 2 Comments

Jonathan Singer of the Social Work Podcast interviews Dr. Danna Bodenheimer on what it means to be a clinical social worker. A phenomenal conversation between two social workers. A must-listen! more

Real World Clinical

We don’t take off our hats when some arbitrary rule says that work is over at 5:00 pm, or a session ends after 45 minutes. It isn’t that we can never take our social work hats off. It is that we do so selectively and carefully. more

Real World Clinical 2 Comments

As you engage on social media, you might finally feel like you’re taking control of your brand, until you receive a Facebook friend request from your client. The ethical dilemmas are immediate, and hopefully you’re prepared when and if this happens. more

Your Social Work Brand

I want to address the powerful myth of the “perfect” intervention or the search to say the “perfect” thing. I often hear students and supervisees struggling to figure out what to say or what to “do” from one clinical moment to the next. more

Real World Clinical 2 Comments

Praise for Dr. Danna Bodenheimer's book, Real World Clinical Social Work: Find Your Voice and Find Your Way. more

Real World Clinical


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